Want to create positive impact through design? Join the IDEO team and help with the following open freelance positions. 

Applying for IDEO


As you apply, keep in mind that we really want to know how you think. We’re looking for collaborative people who love solving complex problems. If you have a portfolio, lead with it. If not, consider crafting a nontraditional cover letter that will help us understand your values. Be sure to let us know how you approach projects, work with others, and communicate. In short, help us understand how your expertise can make an impact at IDEO.

Once you submit your application, someone from our recruiting team will review it and reach out to you directly if they’d like to schedule an interview. Whether or not we contact you your application will remain on file for future openings.


What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. We work hard–but we balance this pace with playfulness, passion, and purpose. We make sure everyone at IDEO has time to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design of an individual’s career.

Open Positions

Freelance Visual Interaction Designer

Palo Alto

3-5 years of experience minimum

Interaction Designers make the biggest impact by thinking creatively, having a passion for pixels and prototyping. They love to make graphics move and have a knack for crafting compelling stories.

Job Description:

  • Work on projects that solve problems across a variety of industries

  • Collaborate with designers of different backgrounds such as industrial designers, mechanical engineers, and interaction designers to develop a holistic design for our clients

  • Create looks like/works like prototypes that help tell a project’s story

  • Be an advocate of exceptional design

  • Design websites, apps, and combined digital and physical experiences with the end user in mind

Relevant Experience:

  • Strong portfolio and elevated sense of design, color and typography. You know the difference between “good” and “great” and are able to navigate team dynamics, clients and timelines to deliver excellent design

  • 3-5 years interaction/graphic design experience across a variety of digital media

  • Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design, New Media, HCI, Interaction Design, or an equivalent degree

  • Extensive experience with a variety of graphic design and interactive tools including Adobe Creative Suite, Sketch, Principle, Framer, etc.

  • Team skills: You work best in a participatory, team-based environment. You support and inspire teams through collaboration as well as direction, vision, and planning of all aspects of visual deliverables

  • Communication skills: You have strong verbal and visual presentation skills, as well as an articulate point of view about design. You understand the value of design and brand within a business context

  • Prototyping skills: You are ready to learn from failure, embrace an iterative process and you understand that success comes sooner with trial and error. You have experience in creating both low and high fidelity design deliverables for print and screen

  • Consulting chops: Experience in concept ideation, design strategy, digital prototyping, and combining graphic design and animation. You should feel comfortable throughout all phases of a project, from translating verbal ideas into visual concepts, through design development and refinement, to creating production-ready artwork

  • Openness: Designers need to be flexible and open-minded. You are optimistic, generative, and open to new ideas and ways of working

  • You can articulate a human-centered approach to design and be comfortable going out into the world for inspiration. You understand basic human-centered design philosophy, are comfortable with ambiguity and want to push design methodologies

  • Experience working with medical interfaces

Freelance Digital Communications Designer

Palo Alto

3-5 years of experience minimum

The communication design team create the largest impact with clients where they can translate complex ideas and concepts, into compelling human centered designs and stories. Bringing ideas to life that inspire, engage and motivate our design teams, our clients and the end users.


Successful candidates will bring a wide range of experiences in multiple fields within communication design including: Brand Identity, Editorial Design, Information Graphics, Typography, Packaging Design, Exhibition Design.  Incredibly strong portfolio upon application and a minimum of five years experience required.  Onsite at our Palo Alto location is required, but can be flexible after being onboarded.

Job Description:

  • Develop brand strategies to guide the experience a user has with a company, product or service, and lead the creation of the brand identity to express a brand across all touchpoints with users

  • Create compelling visual narratives that communicate user stories and our strategic solutions

  • Make sense of complex org. charts, business flows and data via information and data visualization design

  • Collaborate and lead teams of multidisciplinary designers with backgrounds such as industrial design, interaction design, business design and mechanical engineering to solve problems across a variety of industries

  • Create prototypes of different levels of fidelity to help teams determine the design direction

  • Be an advocate for exceptional visual design

  • Help clients empathize with users by creating deliverables that tell a compelling story

Relevant Experience:

  • A strong portfolio of communication design experience across a variety of applications and media

  • A track record of leading teams, working with multidisciplinary teams and senior level clients

  • Ability to tackle a diverse and complex set of design challenges and recognize patterns to help develop creative and strategic solutions

  • Experience establishing a brand identity, from understanding strategy to creative interpretation and execution; designing visual identities, defining brand architectures and building clear and useful guidelines for implementation

  • Strong information and visualization design skills including typography and layout, and a passion for visual design across a breadth of media

  • The ability to in crafting compelling narratives utilising print, film and digital mediums

  • Exceptional communication and production design skills

  • Passion for learning and experimenting with new methods to deliver design solutions

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, in graphic design, communications design, or an equivalent visual degree

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite

  • Experience working with medical interfaces

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

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